Giovanni Buono

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Associate RigPro Specialist

Equipped with a wide variety of experience in the industry, having worked as a technical supervisor, sailor and captain of both pleasure and race yachts, Giovanni joined RigPro in 2021 to help with the management of projects and customers’ requirements. Highly qualified, with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, he also has a burning passion for sailing, having been a keen sailor since childhood.

Russell Whitworth

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RigPro Specialist and Project Manager

With a strong, wide-ranging skillset, Russell joins us equipped with 20 years’ experience in the industry. From working as crew to owning and operating an independent rigging business for over a decade, he has built a long-standing working relationship with RigPro—completing refits, new builds, and repairs alongside our team of service professionals on projects like Hetairos and My Song.

His 250k+Nm and years of inshore and offshore racing with some of the world’s most eminent Yachts and Superyachts – including Sydney to Hobarts, Caribbean 600s, Middle Sea Races, Fastnets, and Transatlantic races – make him a fantastic asset to the team. Continuing his face-to-face work with members of the industry he’ll be assisting in all areas of RigPro’s service offering.

Matt Lyon

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Project Manager

Matt joined RP in 2020 as Project Manager/Senior technician. With over 20 years’ experience in the marine industry, Matt brings a wealth of resource from the Boatbuilding, Composites, Rigging and Engineering professions. Having spent time at Future Fibres building VO 70 race rigs, he has an in-depth knowledge of composite mast production. Matt brings Management and production skills from time working at Magma Structures Building and delivering the world’s largest masts, working as Senior team leader in Quality Assurance and General workshop management. Matt then went on to carry out all rig inspection, service and repair works on SYA and Black Pearl since commissioning, and continues now as the RigPro Account Manager for the Freestanding mast projects. He has also carried out Build Management and consultancy work for prototype composites projects at the university of Strathclyde’s Lightweight Manufacturing Centre. Matt has an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is a dual Australian/UK Citizen.

Jamie Webster

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Assistant Project Manager

Jamie joined the RigPro Europe team in 2020 as an Assistant Project Manager. Having grown up sailing and gone on to work as engineer on prestigious sailing superyachts, Jamie is well equipped to understand our clients needs. His knowledge of superyacht systems means he is able to assist in offering a well-integrated approach to yacht service

Declan Clamp

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Assistant Project Manager

Declan joined Rig Pro in late 2020. Having been involved in mast and rigging service work for the last 10 years he has now joined Rig Pro as a Assistant Project Manager. Roles including Rig master on Black Peal and Sales for Marlow ropes give Declan a excellent understanding of freestanding rigs and running rigging requirements.

Thomas Elmore

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Service Designer

Thomas (Tom) joined the RigPro team in 2020, after moving to Europe from New Zealand. He has a background in mechanical engineering and joined the RigPro team with close to 5 years’ experience in composite and mechanical design at Southern Spars NZ. Thomas has experience with mast and boom laminate design, global rig analysis, as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems. He has a passion for sailing and brings this enthusiasm to his design work at RigPro.

David Bastos

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Assistant Project Manager

David joined RigPro Palma on 2019 to help with the management of projects. He is a naval architect and marine engineer, and he has experience on the yacht industry. Prior to joining RigPro, he worked as project manager in Palma for a yacht repair and refit yard. He speaks Spanish and English.

Anais Raices

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Project Administrator

Anais joined RigPro in mid-2019, first working for the Valencia office as an administrative assistant and later on joining RigPro Palma as Project Administrator. She has a background in office administration in different fields and organizations in Venezuela, the US and Spain, including healthcare facilities, academic institutions and the tourism industry. Anais speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is highly oriented to teamwork and collaboration, working closely with the Project Managers and the finance team to facilitate customer support and satisfaction

 

Andrew James

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Service Designer

Andrew joined RigPro in 2018, he is a highly skilled design engineer with six years of experience in rig and rigging design engineering. Before joining RigPro Andrew was the lead rig designer in Southern Spars Cape Town. He is proficient in AutoCAD and SolidWorks and he is also an avid sailor

Chris Walker

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Business Manager RigPro Europe

Chris started working for RigPro in New Zealand at the start of 2015 before moving to Palma in the summer of 2017 to develop RigPro in Europe. A background in industrial design and award winning Superyacht refits make Chris uniquely qualified to understand our customers’ needs and to deliver tailored projects.